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  • September 30, 2022

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Takes Bench, Makes History

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson received her official commission Friday in a ceremony attended by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, becoming the first Black female justice to take the nation's top bench in its 230-year history.

  • September 29, 2022

    Pa. Justices Say Retrial Was Waived In $6.3M Med Mal Case

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a lower appeals court's new trial order in a medical malpractice suit against a cardiologist and hospital, saying the providers waived their right to challenge pain-and-suffering damages awarded by the jury because they did not request a verdict sheet listing categories of damages.

  • September 29, 2022

    Pa. Judge Won't Stop Counties Letting Voters Fix Bad Ballots

    A Pennsylvania appellate judge blocked a bid Thursday by state and national Republicans to stop counties from letting voters "cure" defective mail-in ballots that otherwise wouldn't be counted in the upcoming election, though the decision is all but certain to be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

  • September 29, 2022

    14 States Back NYC's Fast-Food Just Cause Law At 2nd Circ.

    Overturning a New York City law that protects fast-food workers from being fired without reason would ripple beyond the Big Apple, 14 states and the District of Columbia told the Second Circuit, warning that such a decision would jeopardize state and local laws regulating employment conditions across the U.S.

  • September 29, 2022

    Airport Vendor Says Concession Co. Trying To Snatch Deposit

    A Pittsburgh International Airport restaurant operator wants to stop the airport's former concession manager from allegedly trying to unlawfully seize a roughly $300,000 security deposit, saying the concession company is attempting a cash grab after getting ousted by the local airport authority.

  • September 29, 2022

    Technology Co. Sues Insurers Over Wire Fraud Losses

    A technology manufacturer for medical device and industrial markets told a Pennsylvania federal court that its insurers breached a contract by failing to reimburse the company for losses and expenses it incurred from fraudulent wire transfers.

  • September 29, 2022

    Sens. Grapple With How To Do Outbound Investment Review

    A series of expert witnesses urged lawmakers to support government review on outbound investments at a Senate hearing Thursday, though they encountered skepticism from the Banking Committee's ranking member.

  • September 29, 2022

    Stevens & Lee Continues Growth Of Tax Practice In NJ, Penn.

    Stevens & Lee has expanded its tax practice by welcoming an attorney specializing in state tax matters to its New Jersey offices and by promoting an associate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to of counsel.

  • September 29, 2022

    Universal Health Strikes Deal In Sweeping 401(k) Suit

    Universal Health Services Inc. agreed to resolve a 60,000-member class action alleging the company mismanaged employees' 401(k) plan by loading it with expensive and poorly performing investment options, according to filings in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • September 29, 2022

    Pa. Parents Say Highmark Reneged On Covering Autistic Son

    The parents of a Pennsylvania child with autism claim Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield reneged on its preauthorization of treatment and mischaracterized their child's condition as a learning disorder in order to deny coverage under an exception in their insurance policy, according to their lawsuit filed in state court.

  • September 29, 2022

    Freeman To Join 3rd Circ. After Prior Confirmation Misstep

    The Senate narrowly confirmed longtime public defender Arianna J. Freeman to the Third Circuit on Thursday a few weeks after an initial vote on her nomination failed because two Democrats were absent.

  • September 29, 2022

    Senate Panel Advances 3rd Circ., Pa. District Court Picks

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced six judicial picks Thursday, including two for the Third Circuit and four for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, adding to the growing number of President Joe Biden's nominees available for consideration in the full Senate.

  • September 28, 2022

    3rd Circ. Questions How Pandemic Orders Trigger Coverage

    A group of businesses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania faced sharp questioning Wednesday from Third Circuit judges over how they could be eligible for insurance coverage for losses from COVID-19 shutdown orders. 

  • September 28, 2022

    Ch. 11 Cheat Sheet: Phoenix Services Topco LLC

    Pennsylvania-based global steel mill contractor Phoenix Services Topco LLC and eight affiliates have sought Chapter 11 protection in Delaware, seeking to restructure more than $612 million in secured debt.

  • September 28, 2022

    Endo Opioid Claimants Question Their Slice Of Ch. 11 Deal

    A committee representing individual opioid plaintiffs Wednesday told a New York bankruptcy judge they will be pushing for a larger share of the $450 million opioid settlement proposed for pharmaceutical maker Endo International's Chapter 11 plan.

  • September 28, 2022

    State Auto Beats Businesses' COVID-19 Coverage Bid

    Businesses in the Philadelphia and Milwaukee areas lost a bid to get payouts from State Auto Property and Casualty Insurance Co. for COVID-19 pandemic impacts, with the judge pointing to "well developed" case law holding that coronavirus does not cause the physical losses required by their policies.

  • September 28, 2022

    Postal Service Questions Fired Worker's Ability To Return

    A former postal carrier was so upset that he could barely tell a Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday about his 2016 firing after he fell and injured his knee, but an attorney for the United States Postal Service pressed him on whether his injury had left him unable to return even if he wanted to.

  • September 28, 2022

    3rd Circ. Upholds Toss Of Illegal Immigrant's Firearm Appeal

    The Third Circuit has affirmed an Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal judge's rejection of a Dominican Republic citizen's appeal of his conviction on firearm and immigration law offenses — albeit for different reasons than the lower court.

  • September 28, 2022

    3rd Circ. Says NJ Bank Groups Can Make Political Donations

    The Third Circuit held Wednesday that a New Jersey law prohibiting banks from making political contributions does not apply to banking trade groups because they are not "carrying on the business of banks."

  • September 28, 2022

    Norris McLaughlin Grows M&A, Real Estate With 6 Attys

    Norris McLaughlin PA has added a new partner from Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC and five new associates to its offices in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, the firm has announced.

  • September 28, 2022

    Ex-Pa. Rep. Gets 30-Month Sentence For Ballot Stuffing

    A former U.S. congressman will spend more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to bribing a Philadelphia election official as part of a scheme to stuff ballot boxes in favor of Democratic candidates for judicial offices.

  • September 27, 2022

    Pa. Court Upholds Quarantine Pay For Allegheny Jail Staff

    A Pennsylvania state court judge upheld an arbitrator's award that gave union members at the Allegheny County Jail paid time off when they had to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19, finding that the additional benefits had roots in the union's contract.

  • September 27, 2022

    DOJ Seeks Block Of Sugar Merger Pending 3rd Circ. Appeal

    The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a Delaware federal court for an emergency order preventing U.S. Sugar Corp. from completing its $315 million acquisition of Imperial Sugar while enforcers appeal their rejected merger challenge to the Third Circuit.

  • September 27, 2022

    Health Care Fraud Among New Philly US Atty's Top Concerns

    Just a few months into U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero's new role as the Philadelphia region's top federal prosecutor, health care-based offenses have emerged as a chief enforcement priority thanks to the billing fraud opportunities spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic and bribery cases that are a perennial problem in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • September 27, 2022

    Ex-Goldman Analyst Gets Stock Ban In SEC Settlement

    A former Goldman Sachs analyst and Hollywood screenwriter has reached a final judgment with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over insider trading tips he gave an NFL linebacker and others, which included a ban on trading stocks or associating with anyone related to trading, the SEC announced Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

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    Keys To A 9-0 High Court Win: Practicality Over Perfection

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    When I argued for the petitioner in Wooden v. U.S. last year, I discovered that preparation is key, but so is the right kind of preparation — in giving decisive answers to the U.S. Supreme Court justices' hypothetical questions I was not aiming for perfection, just the best response available, says Allon Kedem at Arnold & Porter.

  • What New Bar Exam Means For Law Students And Schools

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    Stephanie Acosta at UWorld discusses how law students and law schools can start preparing now for the new bar exam launching in 2026, which is expected to emphasize real-world lawyering skills-based tasks over rote memorization.

  • Apple's New Messaging Features Will Complicate E-Discovery

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    Apple's newest mobile operating system allows users to edit and recall messages and recover deleted messages, which could significantly increase the time, burden and expense of processing and analyzing cellphones if messages or their associated metadata become an area of scrutiny in a case, says Jarrett Coco at Nelson Mullins.

  • Law Firm Inclusion Efforts Often Overlook Business Staff

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    Law firms committed to a culture of universal inclusion can take steps to foster a sense of belonging in their business services teams, says Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Consulting.

  • Considerations For Interstate Travel For Abortion Post-Dobbs

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    Due to the patchwork of state laws regarding the legality of abortion following the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision, it's important to consider the state of current and potential laws about traveling for abortion services, say Virginia Bell Flynn and Tina Safi Felahi at Troutman Pepper.

  • Precautions For New Wave Of Digital Privacy Class Actions

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    Consumer class actions attempting to expand existing laws to cover new online activities have recently targeted companies that use source code-based tools on their websites to interact with visitors — emphasizing the importance of transparency about information collection, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • An Associate's Guide To Rebounding After A Layoff

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    Law firm associates laid off due to economic conditions can recuperate and move forward by practicing self-care, identifying key skills to leverage during the job search, engaging in self-reflection and more, say Kate Sheikh at Major Lindsey and wellness consultant Jarrett Green.

  • AML Regulation Of Lawyers Is Imminent And Controversial

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    The U.S. House of Representatives' recently passed National Defense Authorization Act subjects lawyers engaged in certain financial-related activities to anti-money laundering regulation under the Bank Secrecy Act, which could pit lawyers against clients in ways harmful to the rule of law and administration of justice, says Jeremy Glicksman at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in New York.

  • 3rd Circ. Decision Highlights Enviro Law Notice Requirements

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    The Third Circuit's recent dismissal of Shark River Cleanup Coalition v. Township of Wall is a reminder of an important but often overlooked aspect of citizen suits brought under environmental laws like the Clean Water Act: Plaintiffs' failure to comply with statutory notice requirements can have significant consequences, says Charles Dennen at Archer.

  • Key Adaptations For Law Firms Amid Quiet Quitting Movement

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    While quiet quitting may not be sustainable at law firms with billable hour requirements, there are specific steps law firms should take to maintain engagement and otherwise respond to the trend's underlying message that associates won't spend all their waking hours at work if they don't feel it's worthwhile, says Meredith Kahan at Whiteford Taylor.

  • Creating A Hybrid Work Policy? Be Intentional And Inclusive

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    The pandemic has changed expectations for the future of work forever, and as more employees demand hybrid working options, law firms must develop policies and models that are intentional, inclusive and iterative to lead the industry into the future, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Wawa Data Breach Is Warning On Swipe Payment Tech Risks

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    Wawa's recent settlement with seven attorneys general resolving an investigation into the company’s 2019 data breach — one of the largest settlements of its kind — is a reminder to merchants of the security and compliance risks associated with not fully migrating from swipe-based to chip-card transactions, say Adam Solomon and Anna Chan at Hunton.

  • A Law Firm's Guide To Humane Layoffs As Recession Looms

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    Amid warnings of a global recession, law firms should prepare for the possibility of associate layoffs, aiming for an empathetic approach and avoiding common mistakes that make the emotional impact on departing attorneys worse, say Jarrett Green, a wellness consultant, and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Boy Scouts Ch. 11 Case Highlights Third-Party Release Split

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    The Delaware bankruptcy court's recent approval of major parts of the Boy Scouts’ Chapter 11 plan showcases a split among federal district courts as to whether bankruptcy courts have the constitutional authority to approve third-party releases on a final basis, bringing unpredictability and ambiguity to settlements and dealmaking, say attorneys at V&E.

  • Learning From Trump And Bannon Discovery Strategies

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    Court-imposed sanctions on both former President Donald Trump and his former aide Steve Bannon for failing to comply with subpoenas illustrate that efforts to bar the door to valid discovery can quickly escalate, so litigants faced with challenging discovery disputes should adopt a pragmatic approach, say Mathea Bulander and Monica McCarroll at Redgrave.

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